- Apr 13, 2011
Hi.. I have 3 gold-laced wyandottes whose coop is in our side yard. we live in a residentiall area, but my chickens are newly legal.. I don't usually have a smell problem, but when it rains, it can be pretty stinky. Their run is 8X4, and I usually let them out to roam the entire side yard, which is a small, completely fenced area of @ 7x25-30. They have destroyed the grass in the side yard and I have thoughts on containing them to their run periodically to give our grass a chance to recooperate. I am concerned about the smell. Is it possible to place a thin layer of charcoal on the run "floor" and cover it with a several inch layer of small smooth pebbles/rock? My thought was that the poop would decompose and filter through the pebbles and be neutralized by the odor-absorbing charcoal.. I do not mean charcoal briquets. Maybe the hardwood charcoal chunks broken up.. If my chickens eat this, will it hurt them? Any other ideas?